By Andy Sambidge
Dubai's transport authority says it will announce winning consortium for Expo 2020 site rail link on Jan 28 next year
Construction of the Route 2020 project to extend the Dubai Metro Red Line from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020 will begin in the first quarter of 2016.
The Roads and Transport Authority said in a statement that it will start receiving requests for pre-qualification as of May 31, and the shortlist of consortiums qualified to undertake the project will be selected on June 30.
On July 2, the RTA will release the tender documents and on December 6 will start receiving proposals submitted, the transport authority said.
It added that on January 28 2016 the RTA will announce the consortium winning the project construction with construction starting shortly afterwards. The project will be up and running in the first quarter of 2020 to serve visitors to the Expo event.
Last month, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, endorsed the project to extend the Red Line of the Dubai Metro.
The extended sector of the metro line from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Metro Station stretches 15km and includes seven stations.
The project will serve areas such as the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate, and the Dubai Investment Park, with the journey from the Dubai Marina to the site of Expo taking about 16 minutes.
On Saturday, the RTA kickstarted the initial steps towards the construction of the rail extension by holding a gathering to highlight the project details, which was attended by more than 300 executives hailing from 34 countries representing more than 100 rail contractors.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, said: “The intense presence of international firms is a great start of this project which is set to provide safe and smooth transport to visitors of Expo and several districts of Dubai as well. It will also act as a vital link between various areas of Dubai and Al Maktoum International Airport in future.”For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.